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Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl (2009)

Singularidades de uma Rapariga Loura (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 6 August 2010 (USA)
A young man falls helplessly in love with a mysterious blonde woman who turns his life upside down.

Director:

Manoel de Oliveira

Writers:

Eça de Queirós (short story), Manoel de Oliveira (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ricardo Trêpa ... Macário
Catarina Wallenstein ... Luísa
Diogo Dória Diogo Dória ... Francisco
Júlia Buisel Júlia Buisel ... D. Vilaça
Leonor Silveira Leonor Silveira ... Senhora
Luís Miguel Cintra Luís Miguel Cintra ... Self
Glória de Matos Glória de Matos ... D. Sande
Filipe Vargas ... Amigo
Rogério Samora ... Chapéu de Palha
Miguel Guilherme ... Faleiro
Rogério Vieira Rogério Vieira
Paulo Matos ... Desconhecido
António Reis António Reis ... Cónego Savedra
Miguel Seabra Miguel Seabra ... Notário
Luís Lima Barreto Luís Lima Barreto ... Desembargador
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On a train to the Algarve, Macário tells his story to a sympathetic woman he's just met. In flashbacks he arrives in Lisbon to work as an accountant and a broker for his uncle. From his office window, he sees a young woman, Luísa: he's intrigued and finds her beautiful; she holds a Chinese fan near her face. He arranges to meet her, and they fall in love. When he tells his uncle he wants to marry, not only does his uncle disapprove, he fires Macário who then leaves his uncle's home to live on his own. Penniless, he takes a job in Cape Verde to earn some money so Luísa and he can wed. Will she wait, and what of her peculiarities? His seatmate on the train wants the whole story. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Ricardo Trêpa is the director's grandson See more »

Soundtracks

Arabesque No.1
for harp
By Claude Debussy
Performed by Ana Paula Miranda
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A filmed metaphysics of film
21 September 2010 | by semiotechlab-658-95444See all my reviews

This partly fairytale-like, partly almost surrealist movie is a little gem about gain, loss and regain, about how far one comes in being honest. It is amazing in many respects, as usually with the films of Manoel De Oliveira, and absolutely unique. E.g., the communication between Macário and Luísa takes mostly place between windows. Windows as such are compromises, openings of a wall which separate the inside from the outside, in-between-land that belongs to nowhere. Then the story obviously sets in a noble and stylistically rigid society, possibly in the 19th century, in which the novel had been written. But suddenly you see a computer screen and people paying in Euro. While Ricardo Trêpa, nephew of the director, and Leonor Silveira belong to the director's film-family, Catarina Wallenstein (who has not much to say and nothing special to act) is a true surprise, doubtlessly one of the most beautiful women ever having appeared on the silver screen, yet completely unknown hitherto outside of Portugal.


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Country:

Portugal | Spain | France

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

6 August 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Singularités d'une jeune fille blonde See more »

Filming Locations:

Lisbon, Portugal See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$217,014
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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